Friday, October 31, 2014

Yellowstone and Geezer VII - Arroyo Seco to Winslow, AZ

October 11

Everyone was up by 7:00 this morning as we wanted to get an early start for home.  After finishing packing and getting the house picked up, we were on the road before 9:00.  Today our destination was the historic La Posada Hotel in Winslow, Arizona.  The La Posada Hotel was the last great railroad hotel built by the Sante Fe Railroad in 1926 for the Fred Harvey Company.  The hotel is next to the present day Amtrak station and travelers can get on and off from the grounds of the hotel.

We didn’t make very good time on our trip south until we got past Santa Fe and picked up Interstate 25 and continued south through Albuquerque where we turned west on I-40.  We were in Winslow and checked by a little after 3:00.   

The La Posada Hotel is really nice.  It is very historic and is very interesting and comfortable.  There are many public areas where you can sit and relax and enjoy the feel of the inn.  Before dinner we walked around and explored the hotel a bit, which was very interesting.  We had dinner reservations at the Turquoise Room, which is the hotel restaurant, and our meal was excellent.  The chef was highly rated and had been nominated for the James Beard award and he lived up to his reputation.  The wait staff is dressed in the style of the early Harvey hotels.  After dinner it was back to our room for a little relaxing and then early to bed.  Tomorrow we travel to Laughlin, Nevada for our last night on the road for this trip.

The rooms are all named for famous people who have stayed at the hotel, but I don't believe necessarily in the particular room they stayed in.
The Turquoise Room where we had dinner.

Sunset behind an engine sitting on the tracks behind the hotel.

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